I would like to file a complaint related to microblading or microneedling. Where can I file it?

Andy Diehl -

Any complaint related to microblading or microneedling must be filed with the Tennessee Department of Health.

i. If you would like to file a complaint about a facility, dial this toll-free number: 1-877-287-0010 between Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or mail your complaint. You may contact the Department of Health, Division of Health Care Facilities at 1-877-287-0010 to request a complaint form or you may download a copy online. Fill out the form as completely as possible and State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners • 500 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243 Tel: 615-741-2515 • Fax: 615-741-1310 • tn.gov/commerce/section/cosmetology-and-barber-examiners return it by mail to: Division of Health Care Facilities Centralized Complaint Intake Unit 665 Mainstream Drive, Second Floor Nashville, TN 37243 - See more at: https://www.tn.gov/health/article/hcfcomplaint#sthash.LhKuupj1.dpuf.

ii. If you would like to file a complaint against an individual, you may contact the Complaint Divisions of the Department of Health at 1-800-852-2187 to request a complaint form. (PH-3466) The form must be completed in its entirety. Please return the complaint to: Office of Investigations 665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor, Suite 201 Nashville, TN 37243 - See more at: https://www.tn.gov/health/article/filing-complaints-against-health-careprofessionals#sthash.G5WxKsmD.dpuf.


This FAQ is based off of Tennessee Attorney General’s Opinion 17-31. Like that opinion, this FAQ “assumes and is limited to the following definitions of the procedures of “microblading” and “microneedling.” “Microblading” is a semi-permanent makeup procedure that enables a person to recreate lost eyebrows. Microblading is performed by manually depositing pigment into the skin by use of a pen-like instrument, which contains several fine needles organized in a line. When the instrument is pressed against the skin, the needles penetrate the skin and leave behind pigment. “Microneedling” is a skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles, which may be between .25 and 3.0 mm in diameter. The needles are organized on a cylinder, which is rolled over a person’s skin to puncture it and create a controlled skin injury to infuse the skin with preparation materials or collagen. The devices used in both procedures are capable of causing bleeding or rupturing blood vessels.” All quotes provided below are pursuant to that Attorney General’s Opinion, which is available in its entirety at https://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/attorneygeneral/opinions/op17-031.pdf.

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